Time Definition

timed, times, timing
Indefinite, unlimited duration in which things are considered as happening in the past, present, or future; every moment there has ever been or ever will be.
Webster's New World
The entire period of existence of the known universe; finite duration, as distinguished from infinity.
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The entire period of existence of the world or of humanity; earthly duration, as distinguished from eternity.
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The period between two events or during which something exists, happens, or acts; measured or measurable interval.
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A similar number representing a specific point on this continuum, reckoned in hours and minutes.
Checked her watch and recorded the time, 6:17 am .
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Having to do with time.
Webster's New World
Set or regulated so as to explode, open, etc. at a given time.
A time bomb.
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Constructed so as to operate at a particular moment.
A time release.
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Payable later or on a specified future date.
A time loan.
Webster's New World
Designating or of any of a series of payments made or to be made over a period of time.
A time payment.
Webster's New World
timed, timing
To arrange or set the time of so as to be acceptable, suitable, opportune, etc.
To time an invasion.
Webster's New World
To move in time; keep time.
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To adjust, set, play, etc. so as to coincide in time with something else.
To time one's watch with another's.
Webster's New World
To adjust to keep accurate time.
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To regulate (a mechanism) for a given speed or length of operation.
Webster's New World
  • clock
  • schedule
  • plan
  • determine timing of
  • sound a bell
  • register distance
  • measure time
Used to signify that a period of play or activity has ended or that play is temporarily suspended.
Webster's New World

(tennis) Reminder by the umpire for the players to continue playing after their pause.

against time
  • With a quickly approaching time limit:

    worked against time to deliver the manuscript before the deadline.

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any time
  • Used to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.
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at one time
  • Simultaneously.
  • At a period or moment in the past.
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at the same time
  • However; nonetheless.
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at times
  • On occasion; sometimes.
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Other Word Forms of Time



Origin of Time

  • From Middle English time, tyme, from Old English tÄ«ma (“time, period, space of time, season, lifetime, fixed time, favorable time, opportunity"), from Proto-Germanic *tÄ«mô (“time"), from Proto-Indo-European *dÄ«- (“time"). Cognate with Scots tym, tyme (“time"), Alemannic German Zimen, ZÄ«mmän (“time, time of the year, opportune time, opportunity"), Danish time (“stound, hour, lesson"), Swedish timme (“stound, hour"), Norwegian time (“time, stound, hour"), Faroese tími (“hour, lesson, time"), Icelandic tími (“time, season"). See also tide.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English tīma dā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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